Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a camera champion with an out of this world zoom

5 Star Rating
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

No phone does more than the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Its camera zooms further, its screen shines brighter, its S Pen is more responsive, and all the while, the Ultra doesn’t miss out on fundamentals like wireless charging. It is expensive, however, its feature-set reflects its price, and from an imaging point of view, its quad-camera makes it the most complete photography experience on a smartphone to date.

Pros

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    Stunning design and screen

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    Class-leading telephoto camera

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    Impressive photos and videos

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    Excellent S Pen integration

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    40 megapixel selfie camera

Cons

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    The battery is good, not great

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    It will be too big for many

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    The ultra-wide camera lacks AF

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    Expensive

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The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best camera phones of 2022 so far – let’s just get that out of the way. Its camera system is beautifully complete, with four focal lengths covered – ultra-wide, wide, telephoto and super-zoom. Its new ISP also helps it leapfrog the Galaxy S21 Ultra when it comes to processing, and even its selfie camera is standout, with some of the best portrait features we’ve seen on a flagship smartphone.

Now we’ve got the camera verdict out of the way, it’s worth noting that the rest of the phone is also exciting. The S22 Ultra also sports a new design, which carries forward much of what we loved about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and brings it into the S-series. It also loads the phone up with a new, more powerful set of internals, improved screen performance, and Samsung’s trademark One UI interface. Perhaps most exciting of all, the S22 Ultra integrates Samsung’s beloved S Pen, and upgrades it, ultimately, making it the newest member of the Note family in all but name.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.